SHALIMAR — An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigator was fired after exchanging inappropriate text messages and explicit photos with two women he met on the job, including the mother of a burglary suspect and a woman to whom he served an injunction.

According to an OCSO internal investigative report obtained by the Daily News, Deputy Sheriff Douglas Schwall was placed on paid administrative leave and then fired after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate relationships with the two women and attempts to destroy evidence during the investigation.

In August 2017, Schwall interviewed a burglary suspect at a face-to-face interview arranged by the suspect’s mother, according to the report. Later that day, as Schwall was driving home from the interview, he contacted the mother on his cell phone and began a text message conversation with her.

During the conversation, the pair exchanged sexually explicit photos of each other, according to the report. The woman asked the detective about the legality of sending the photos to each other, and he told her since they were both over the age of 18, it wasn’t a problem.

Schwall and the woman continued to communicate almost daily from August to November 2017. Schwall assured the woman that they wouldn’t get in trouble because nobody knew about his cell phone and they couldn’t subpoena it. The woman’s daughter was arrested in January 2018 and the conversation returned to being professional, and Schwall stopped responding to her contact attempts in June 2018.

The pair never had face-to-face contact, according to the report, but Schwall did suggest she travel to meet him and said he would pay for her travel expenses. Schwall indicated to the woman that he wasn’t married, but later told other investigators he was separated from his wife.

The burglary suspect’s defense attorney obtained copies of some of the text messages in June 2018 and contacted the OCSO, which launched an internal affairs investigation.

During the investigation, it was learned that Schwall had served an injunction on a woman in August 2016, and then began an inappropriate phone conversation with her as well. The woman said they exchanged sexually explicit photographs and described Schwall as “very persuasive.”

Following an interview with Schwall on July 11, 2018, detectives noticed Schwall stand by a dumpster for several minutes and then leave. The detectives searched the dumpster and found an agency cell phone that had apparently been wiped clean.

Another OCSO detective was able to examine the cell phone and found more than 100 photos depicting women with exposed breasts, according to the report.

Further examination of the photos Schwall sent of his genitalia to the burglary suspect’s mother indicated he took the pictures in the OCSO Criminal Investigations Sections bathroom.

Chief Assistant State Attorney Bill Bishop was notified of the investigation and determined the existence of the photos and conversations affected the investigator’s ability to testify at a Grand Jury selected for the following week.

Schwall later confessed to sending the inappropriate text messages and to wiping his phone clean while he was being investigated.

Schwall was initially placed on administrative leave with pay, but was then let go, according to court documents obtained by the Northwest Florida Daily News. He had been an investigator on several high-profile local criminal cases, including that of a man accused of shooting and killing an Uber driver on Okaloosa Island in June.

Schwall had been employed as a deputy with the agency since March 2015 and was promoted to investigator in March 2017, where he was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Section. He had no prior disciplinary infractions, according to the report.